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Schedule

(Subject to change. For a description of all the sessions, click here.)

Wednesday, March 30 (special pre-workshop event, free and open to the public)

7 p.m.
Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Awards Ceremony
Emcee: Gina Barreca, humorist, author, feminist scholar
Centerville Library
111 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458
(free and open to the public)

Thursday, March 31

2 to 5:30 p.m.
Attendee sign-in, Dayton Marriott Hotel Lobby

4 to 6 p.m.
Networking reception, Dayton Marriott Hotel, Tradewinds
(cash bar)

4 to 9 p.m.
EBWW bookstore open

6 p.m. — Welcome dinner with Roy Blount Jr., Dayton Marriott Ballroom

8 p.m. — Book signing with Roy Blount Jr.
Dayton Marriott Hotel Foyer
Dessert reception, Tradewinds
(cash bar)

Friday, April 1

7 to 8:30 a.m. (loop) — Shuttle bus from Dayton Marriott Hotel to 1700 South Patterson Building on River Campus

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Attendee sign-in (lobby of 1700 South Patterson Building)
Continental breakfast (Riverview Café)
Informal breakfast roundtables

7:45 to 8:45 a.m.
Speed Dating for Writers (advance registration required)
Executive Dining Room

9 to 10:15 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions

Ask the Agents — Panel moderated by Brian Klems, featuring Rachel Ekstrom Courage, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank and Rachelle Gardner
Meyer Room — This session also offered Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Journey to Publication — Nick Courage
M2265 — This session also offered Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

This Ain’t Your Mother’s Résumé: Turning a Simple Blog into a Great Website — Tracy Beckerman
Auditorium — This session also offered Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Finding Your Writer’s VoiceSharon Short
M2300 — This session also offered Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Is There a Secret to Writing Funny? — Alan Zweibel
Marshall Room — This session also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

You CAN’T Write a Book! — David Braughler
M2380 — This session also offered Friday at 3:30 p.m.

10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 to 11:45 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions

Introduction to Memoir: Write What You Know — Susan Pohlman (one time only)
M2380

Crafting Compelling Personal Essays — Adair Lara
Alumni Center North — This session also offered Saturday at 2 p.m.

Novel-Writing for the Faint of Heart — Anna Lefler
M2265 — This session also offered Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The Real Hollywood Dream Is in Your Purse:  How to Use a Smartphone to Create an Empire — Cathryn Michon
Marshall Room — This session also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

The Message of You: The Power and Humor of Your Story — Judy Carter
Meyer Room — This session also offered Saturday at 2 p.m.

Turn Your Blog into a Book — Elaine Ambrose (one time only)
Auditorium

11:45 a.m. to noon
Break

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch with Amy Ephron, Riverview Café

1:30 to 2 p.m. — Break and Book Signing with Amy Ephron

2 to 3:15 p.m. — Six concurrent sessions

Let’s Talk About Success: Best-Selling Secrets, Novel Ideas and Hit-Making Humor — Panel moderated by Nancy Berk, featuring Amy Ephron, Cathryn Michon, Cindy Ratzlaff and Alan Zweibel (one time only)
Meyer Room

How to Write a Compelling Story, One Vivid Scene at a Time — Susan Pohlman (one time only)
M2380

Welcome to the Writers’ Room — Joel Madison
Marshall Room — This session also offered Saturday at 2 p.m.

From Misfit with Blog to Author With Deal — Jenny Lawson
Auditorium — This session also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

Write Funny Now! — Elaine Ambrose (one time only)
Alumni Center North

The Art of the Anecdote: Crafting Small Stories — Shannon Olson
M2265 — This session also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 to 4:45 p.m. — Six concurrent sessions

This Ain’t Your Mother’s Résumé: Turning a Simple Blog into a Great Website — Tracy Beckerman
M2265 — This session also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

You CAN’T Write a Book! — David Braughler
M2300 — This session also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

How to Uncover Your Voice and Get It Down on Paper — Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff (one time only)
Alumni Center North

Skipping the Parts People Skip: Strengthening Description — Katrina Kittle
M2380 — This session also offered Saturday at 9 a.m.

Stand-Up Comedy Boot Camp — Wendy Liebman (one time only)
Marshall Room

Erma 101 — Gina Barreca (open to the public)
Auditorium — This session also offered Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

3:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Shuttle buses to Dayton Marriott (loop)

4 to 11 p.m.
EBWW bookstore open

6 to 8:30 p.m. — Dinner followed by staged reading of Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, starring Barbara Chisholm, Marriott Ballroom

8:30 p.m. — Talk Back with Bombeck family and playwrights Allison and Margaret Engel

9 to 11 p.m. — Book signing with all faculty
Marriott Tradewinds
(cash bar)

Saturday, April 2

7 to 8:30 a.m. (loop) — Shuttle bus from Dayton Marriott Hotel to 1700 South Patterson Building on River Campus

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Continental breakfast (Riverview Café)
Informal breakfast roundtables

7:45 to 8:45 a.m.
Speed Dating for Writers (advance registration required)
Executive Dining Room

9 to 2 p.m.
EBWW bookstore opens

9 to 10:15 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions

Is There a Secret to Writing Funny? — Alan Zweibel
Marshall Room — This session also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

The Real Hollywood Dream Is in Your Purse:  How to Use a Smartphone to Create an Empire — Cathryn Michon
S2006 — This session also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The Art of the Anecdote: Crafting Small Stories — Shannon Olson
M2265 — This session also offered Friday at 2 p.m.

From Misfit with Blog to Author with Deal — Jenny Lawson
Meyer Room — This session also offered Friday at 2 p.m.

Skipping the Parts People Skip: Strengthening Description — Katrina Kittle
M2380 — This session also offered Friday at 3:30 p.m.

It’s a Brand New Brand YOU World: Why Publishers MUST Treat Books and Authors as Brands — Even Before Publication — Cindy Ratzlaff (one time only)
Auditorium

10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 to 11:45 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions

Behind the Curtain: Maximizing Your Comedy Power — Panel moderated by Nancy Berk, featuring Judy Carter, Kathy Kinney, Wendy Liebman and Leighann Lord (one time only)
Meyer Room

How to Get Published Successfully — Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry (one time only)
Marshall Room

Novel-Writing for the Faint of Heart — Anna Lefler
M2380 — This session also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The Journey to Publication — Nick Courage
S2006 — This session also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

Finding Your Writer’s Voice — Sharon Short
S2060 — This session also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

Erma 101 — Gina Barreca (open to the public)
Auditorium — This session also offered Friday at 3:30 p.m.

11:45 a.m. to noon
Break and book signing with Gina Barreca

Noon to to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch with Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff, Riverview Café

1:30 to 2 p.m. — Break and Book signing with Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff

2 to 3:15 p.m. — Five concurrent sessions

The Message of You: The Power and Humor of Your Story — Judy Carter
Marshall Room — This session also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Crafting Compelling Personal Essays — Adair Lara
M2380 — This session also offered Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Welcome to the Writers’ Room — Joel Madison
S2060 — This session also offered Friday at 2 p.m.

Ask the Agents — Panel moderated by Brian Klems, featuring Rachel Ekstrom Courage, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank and Rachelle Gardner
Auditorium — This session also offered Friday at 9 a.m.

Mayhem in the Morning: Laughing with Erma — Moderated by Patricia Wynn Brown and Ed Miller, featuring Bombeck family (one time only)
Meyer Room

3:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Break

3:30 to 5 p.m. — Pitchapalooza — American Idol for Books: Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
Meyer Room

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Shuttle buses to Dayton Marriott Hotel

5:30 p.m.
Shuttle bus to University of Dayton main campus, photo opportunity at Erma Bombeck historical marker and memorial tree (pick up at north entrance outside the Meyer Room at 1700 South Patterson Building)

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Dinner with Leighann Lord, Marriott Ballroom

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Book signing and reception with Leighann Lord
Dayton Marriott Ballroom Foyer (cash bar)

8:30-9:30 p.m. — Photo Booth
Marriott Ballroom Foyer

9:30 to 11 p.m. — Attendee stand-up comedy, with master of ceremonies Wendy Liebman
Dayton Marriott Ballroom

Reflections of Erma